(MINGORA, Pakistan) – Pakistan's Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai returned to her hometown for the first time on Saturday after suffering a gunshot wound in 2012 for her efforts to train young women.
Yousafzai and her family arrived in a Pakistani army helicopter that took them from Islamabad to the city of Mingora in the Swat Valley. She had arrived in the capital on Thursday before dawn, flanked by heavy security, and planned to return to the UK on Monday.
Yousafzai, 20, gained international fame after being shot dead by the Taliban in Mingora. She received first treatment in Pakistan and was later brought to England for further care. She stayed in the UK to continue her education and became the youngest person to receive the 201
Yousafzai came to her parents' home on Saturday, accompanied by her father, mother and brother. She sobbed as she entered the house, where relatives, former classmates, and friends had anxiously waited to greet her with flowers and hugs.
Youzafzai said she had waited more than five years for the moment and said that she often looked at Pakistan's map, hoping to return someday. She said she wanted to return to Pakistan permanently after studying in the UK.
"It's still like a dream for me, am I among you, is this a dream or a reality?" She said.
Yousafzai later returned to Islamabad, where she met with human rights activists.
Arooj Bibi, a neighbor, said she was happy to meet with Youzafzai but was sad. Her visit was so short. Bibi said Yousafzai "lit the candle of education. God willing, there will be thousands of girls as Malala gets training in Swat."
Yousafzai also participated in a gathering at the Army Cadet College in Swat, where the Pakistani Mullah Fazlullah's Taliban took over the picturesque valley in 2007. The Pakistani military would later drive militants out of the valley.
The security had visibly been spiced up in Mingora the day before, after the Pakistani Taliban invaded warned the then 14-year-olds that if they had the chance, they would attack them again.
Yousafzai had asked the authorities to allow her to go to Mingora and Shangla villages in the Swat Valley (19659002) In October 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban militant who jumped into her school bus and shouted, "Who is Malala?" She was targeted to say something on education for young women. At the time, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the shooting and said it promoted "Western thinking," adding that she had warned her family three times before she decided to kill her.
Since her assault and recovery, Yousafzai has led the Malala Fund, in which she said he has spent $ 6 million on schools, books, and uniforms for schoolchildren.
Yousafzai was delighted to tell the Taliban that they have reinforced their voices instead of silencing them. She also wrote a book that was spoken at the United Nations and hit refugees.
On Friday, Yousafzai praised the Pakistani army for their timely medical treatment in an interview on the independent Geo news broadcaster, saying their surgery was "at the right time" by an army surgeon.
Yousafzai received praise from all over Pakistan on her return home, but some social media critics have tried to undermine her efforts to promote girls' education. Yousafzai told the media on Friday she expects criticism from militants who have a certain mindset but do not understand why some educated Pakistanis resist it.
"Those who criticize have an absurd kind of criticism that makes no sense," she said in an interview with Pakistan's newspaper "The News English," which was released on Saturday.
"I want people to support my educational purpose and to think about the daughters of Pakistan who need education," she told the newspaper. "Do not think of me, I do not want a favor, or I do not want everyone to accept me, all I care about is that they see education as a problem."
In the interview, she said that she She was sitting in her classroom when news of her Nobel prize became known and she was unaware that she was not using her mobile phone at the time.
"My teacher came into my classroom and called me outside, I was worried that I was doing something wrong and I'm having problems, but she told me that I won the Peace Prize, I said thank you, you do not know How you should answer For me, it was upbringing, "she told the newspaper.